- President Trump signed an executive order reopening Arctic waters to oil and gas drilling
- Leon Panetta: This executive order, coupled with other efforts to undermine the fight against climate change, pose a threat to both our national security and planet
Leon Panetta was secretary of defense from 2011 to 2013. He is the co-founder of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy and a longtime advocate for healthy oceans. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)With our nation entangled in conflicts across the globe and facing down threats -- both foreign and domestic -- it is essential that we identify and seize opportunities to make smart decisions to protect our national security. President Trump's recent executive order reopening sensitive Arctic waters to oil and gas drilling will not only have an impact on sensitive resources, it will contribute to potential threats to our national security.